This project targets insufficiently active people with osteoarthritis (OA), with the goal of developing a novel intervention approach to help them make small but sustained increases in lifestyle physical activity (LPA).
The Foundational Phase is a dyadic longitudinal study of 167 couples from the Johnston County OA Project. It will identify interrelations among partner support processes, individuals with OA and partner emotion regulation skills, and pathways through which these factors influence initiation and maintenance of LPA among insufficiently active people with OA over the course of a year.
The Translational Phase is a series of three studies that will evaluate potential to translate this new knowledge into a training program that improves couples’ emotion regulation skills and their ability to apply these skills to receiving and providing effective partner support for LPA.
Funder: NIH/NIAMS $177,669
Funding dates: 07/19/13-06/30/18